This morning SND announced the results for the digital portion of its College News Design Contest. The Fall Workshop website brought in an Honorable Mention in the Mini-site/Special section of a news website category! Fun times.
The judges included brief comments on each of the winning projects. Here's the good stuff they had to say about TFW:
They also had some more constructive suggestions. The judges' greatest concern was for overall hierarchy, which I thought was interesting—it was definitely a drawback of going with the canvas look. By designing with the goal to highlight each project equally, it seems like we sacrificed hierarchy to users unfamiliar with the workshop.
We designed this site with mobile as the first platform in mind, though, so maybe that put us at a disadvantage in a website category that emphasized desktop experience. Drop-down navigation works well on mobile devices, but I can see how it would leave users a little lost on a larger screen.
Oh well, just some thoughts to keep in mind for next time. Great news overall. :)